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Saturday 21 October 2017

By Chris Strohm and Del Quentin Wilber

By Chris Strohm and Del Quentin Wilber

(Updates with FBI statement in the fourth paragraph.)

(Bloomberg) -- Police fired on a car trying to enter onto the highly secure National Security Agency campus near the nation's capital, killing one person and wounding another in an incident the FBI said wasn't related to terrorism.

The scene of Monday morning's shooting was "contained," according to an e-mailed statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI's Baltimore field office is investigating along with NSA police and other law enforcement agencies, according to the statement.

A car tried to enter the gate of NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and NSA police opened fire, said a law enforcement official, who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. The official said there may have been an exchange of gunfire.

WRC-TV in Washington reported that the driver and passenger were two men dressed as women. The station said an NSA security officer was taken to the hospital.

An NSA spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Fort Meade, a 5,000-acre highly secured military installation between Baltimore and Washington, has expanded since 2010 to include the U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, the Navy's headquarters for computer security.

The NSA is the nation's top surveillance agency and is responsible for collecting information on foreign threats. For almost two years, the agency has been caught up in a dispute over its interception of communications of foreign leaders and others, sparked by former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden's release of confidential documents. The NSA has about 42,000 government and contract workers.

Earlier this month, the NSA reported damage to one of its buildings from gunshots, and police later arrested a 35-year-old man and accused him of shooting at five public places in Maryland.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Strohm in Washington at cstrohm1@bloomberg.net; Del Quentin Wilber in Washington at dwilber@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net Elizabeth Wasserman

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